For Ian Boots and Stewart Scott travelling more than 200 miles in the blistering heat to give a generous donation to Drusillas Park in Alfriston was all part of the day job.
Ian and Stewart who work for property management company, Home from Home Property Management Ltd, in Ipswich, Suffolk, made the 250 mile round trip in temperatures peaking at 30 degrees on Friday (July 18) to give some spare bamboo to the red pandas at the Alfriston zoo.
They hired a van and travelled three and a half hours in the blazing heat to ensure the delivery was fresh.
The donation was recycled from one of Home from Home’s development sites in Ipswich due to a garden redesign. Ian said: “It seemed a shame for it to go to waste and so I contacted the zoo to see if they would like it.”
Ian had attempted to contact zoos closer to home but couldn’t find anyone to take it.
He said: “I couldn’t even give it away for free, it was very hard work.
“I would rather see it go to good use and so we decided to make the journey.
“We didn’t want the bamboo to go to waste and were keen to find a way it could be recycled or used. Knowing there was a shortage of bamboo for the red pandas [at Drusillas Park] we organised our grounds team to harvest it at 8am so it was nice and fresh. Even our director helped out.
“It has been very hot travelling down but it will be worth it.”
Drusillas Park manager Sue Woodgate said: “We are so grateful for the donation of the bamboo and the effort it has taken to get it to us all the way from Ipswich.”
Click on our video by Express photographer Peter Cripps to see footage of the delivery.
For the full story pick up the Hailsham edition of the Sussex Express on Friday (July 25).